Kay Leonard « McAlister Family Law


Kay Leonard


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer

Meet Kay

Kay has more than a decade’s experience in dealing with Family Law cases, predominately representing local authorities in care proceedings.

Her legal career began when working part-time at a local law firm when studying Law. After leaving college, Kay joined Stephensons Solicitors in the family department as an admin assistant where she quickly progressed to paralegal, fee earner and then became an Executive at the same time as studying part time for her CILEX qualification.  During this time, she worked predominantly on child protection matters, focusing on both private and public law cases.

Kay joined McAlister Family Law in September 2018.  She has extensive experience in all aspects family law work, including contact disputes and child arrangement orders, discharge of care proceedings, adoption, special guardianship orders and private family work including divorce, related children matters and protection from domestic violence.

Kay now manages a case load of public law matters, dealing with cases on behalf of local authorities (both pre-proceedings and care proceedings) and on behalf of parents.  She has worked on a number of complex family matters including cases involving non-accidental Injuries and high level CSE.

Kay adopts a straightforward and pragmatic approach but is always mindful of the need to handle family law matters sensitively. She is a firm believer in putting children first in any case and getting the best outcome for them.  Kay says “I love knowing that each day I am making a difference”.

Kay has a keen eye for detail and excellent organisation skills.  She is known for remaining very calm under pressure.

What others say

“I worked with Kay on several cases over a two year period. Kay was always available when I needed advice and she responded to emails promptly. I always felt I had all the relevant court paperwork and if I ever misplaced a document she would email it me without hesitation. I found Kay to be professional in her manner at all times.”  Local Authority client

"Kay has supported me throughout this extremely stressful time. I am always updated with documents and have been dealt with in a sensitive and understanding manner which was important to me as I have been faced with the most difficult time in my life. I am very pleased with the service that has been provided and Kay has always been very accommodating. I honestly couldn't have asked for someone better and I am very appreciative of Kay." View from a parent

“I have known Kay in a professional capacity for over five years which has included time working alongside each other in private practice and also ‘against’ each other when representing different party’s involved in the same case. Kay has been involved with me in complex childcare matters and is often recognised for her sensible and practical approach to progressing such cases. She has always been able to present cases in a professional manner & is a pleasure to work with”. Local Authority solicitor

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